Wesley Townsend Head was born at 9:55 a.m. Saturday, March 10, 2018 at South Peninsula Hospital to Angela and Wes Head of Homer. He weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces. His grandparents are Jan Agosta of Homer and Kelle and Joseph Agosta of Prescott, Arizona. His great-grandmother is Doris Wurth of Fort Worth, Texas. Wesley joins his big brother, Bill Head, of Homer.
The Kachemak Bay Birders’ next trip is to Seaside Farms, Mile 5 East End Road on Sunday, March 18. Meet at 2 p.m. in the parking area at the top of the hill to walk down the hill to birding habitat at Seaside Farms. Bring binoculars, field guide and a spotting scope if you have one. All Kachemak Bay Birding trips are cosponsored by the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. All trips are free and everyone is welcome to attend. The leader for this trip is Jim Herbert, 907-362-0020.
If you tell yourself enough times that our environment needs the snow — that the skiing is excellent, that spring will arrive at some point — then, hopefully, you will bear up under the weight of March.
After months of back and forth and several lengthy discussions, the Homer City Council has decided that the Homer Spit is not ready for retail marijuana.
Weaving and fermentation are called folk skills these days, as though from a bygone era. As though, in their dissolving into industrial manufacturing they’ve disappeared entirely, instead of only retreated from sight, outsourced and specialized. Yet while they may seem distant, fermentation and weaving are parts of everyday life. Many drink coffee, beer and wine, use vinegar and soy sauce, and eat cheese, chocolate, and salami, all products of fermentation, as well as have woven clothing, curtains, and rugs. We are just disconnected from their source.
ADF&G has released the 2018 Bristol Bay sockeye salmon processing capacity survey summary, and to the surprise of almost no one, the 12 processors surveyed, which account for 99.4 percent of the processing capacity, have all said that they will be able to handle the expected run in the upcoming season.
If you’re reading this online from your Maui vacation cottage, Betsteroids, congratulate yourself on escaping for spring break at the right time. Right after you caught the last plane out on March 9, a horrible blizzard blew in, burying downtown Homer in 6 feet of wet, sloppy snow. Eighty mph winds churned that into drifts 20 feet high, blocking the Sterling Highway at Main Street until the National Guard could bring in bulldozers to dig us out. As we write this, Pavehawk helicopters have been landing in the Safeway parking lot to bring in emergency supplies of milk, diapers and bread.
Just like a hobbit can take a second breakfast, some people get a second retirement — a closing of a career after previous work. After moving from the Lower 48 and settling in Homer, artists Mary Frische and Tom Collopy this month ended their environmental photography business, Wild North Photography, with a final gallery show at Fireweed Gallery.
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Editor’s note: This birth announcement has been updated to correct spellings of several names.
The opioid epidemic gripping the state — and the nation as a whole — was given a local face last Wednesday as state representatives came to gather information on just how it’s been affecting the Homer community.
Leglislators are debating a bill to exempt utilities from legal liability for chemicals used to treat wooden poles, prompted by possible soil contamination around Homer Electric Association (HEA) powerline poles following the Kenai Spur Highway north of Sterling.
House Bill 195 will allow insurance companies to take credit scores into account when setting rates.
Dissections, a rite of educational passage for students young and old, don’t really raise eyebrows among the learners at Fireweed Academy in Homer. In essence, Alaska curriculum is not for the faint of heart.
Art isn’t just for suffering artists anymore. A group of teenagers added “art show” to their resumes last week by having their work from a high school class featured in Grace Ridge Brewery’s First Friday art show.
The Homer Mariners basketball teams enjoyed a winning streak this past weekend, defeating Houston in a Southcentral Conference game Thursday, March 1 and shooting their way to victory during their Friday, March 2 Senior Night games against Seward.
The Mariners on the Move for Homer High School’s third quarter are in.
The staff at Flex nominates a student every month who best represents the Flex Philosophy of Ownership, Respect and Productivity.